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Aug 31, 2018

This Week: Two Top Trump Admin Officials Headed For The Exits

Capitol Hill chatter this week focused on the impending departure from the Trump administration of two men central to the story of the Russia probes: Attorney General Jeff Sessions and White House Counsel Don McGahn. GOP lawmakers, reportedly thanks to Trump’s lobbying, are dropping their support for keeping Sessions at the helm of the Justice Department. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said that the relationship between Trump and Sessions was “beyond repair,” while Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) said that he could open up time in the schedule to hold hearings on a replacement. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said he believed Sessions should “stay exactly where he is,” but that voice of support is unlikely to be enough to save him. The Attorney General is now expected to leave his post after the midterms. The same is true for McGahn, who has been with Trump since the first days of the administration and has helped provide a first…

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